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that         are no Muslims            these Gadabas.

(a)    Ugaclf ;

Among the Hindu  festivals,  Ugadi  fTtliigu New Year's

Da> i is the onlv secular fcstual. The Gadabus celebrate it la their

owa way. On that da} thc\ place a wooden plough on the ground

after proper!} cleaning it. The plough is plastered with turmeric

powder and decorated with \ermilion marks. Then a sacrificial ani-

mal is killed on it. Its blood Is poured en the plough. Its           is

considered sacred. Every family tries to get some of the the flesh.

The value of the Is thus recovered.

b)    Dasara :

The Gadabas do not celebrate this festival. However,

some Gadabas attend these shows arranged by the town people but

such attendance does not signify their acceptance of its religious


c)    Bhogi :

Among the Gadabas, people with the surnames of Foilera

and Hanumanthu make boolres of firewood on Bhogi day just

as the Hindus do. These families have been doing so traditionally.

The other families, traditionally ignore this festival.

d)   Sankranti :

The Gadabas of all surnames celebrate this with new

clothes, and feasts. They imitate these external forms of the

festival Its religious significance is ignored.

During the Sankranti season itinerant cloth merchants

tour the villages and sell cloth on credit basis. This facility is not

available until next Saakranti. This credit facility may be the